Regional Winners- I4E

Regional Winners

Congratulations to all of the Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs’ 32 Regional winners!
They each identified great examples of how to use technology to take their business to the next level. Read about them here!

 

 

 

Enterpreneur Businesses

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    Act II Consignment

    Littleton, CO

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    We just switched over to a new software system that is cloud based. Although there have been days and nights I have torn my hair out with the change over, it has changed my beliefs and mentality about how technology could help us be so much more. I am envious of the younger generation that made the switch so easily. I am impressed with my 80 year old cashier who is working her way through the change. I am mostly excited about the possibilities of what other changes in technology could do for us. We don't use Social Marketing enough, we could be more efficient on the sales floor, we could help our customers so much more just by knowing the different inventories available in each store. I have looked at Infusionsoft for 3 years and just never felt I could afford it. I know if I could get the training and the tools that it would make a huge difference in keeping our customers aware of what we have in each store. With the additional money, we could make our business efficient enough to possibly open a 3rd store and after that who knows....

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    Big Head Farm, Inc

    Benton Harbor, MI

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    What technology will do for the farm:

    Connect all farm employees to the tools needed to complete and document tasks on the farm for our organic, environmental and food safety record keeping using web based software.

    Utilize and implement online, cloud based solutions for a small farm to manage our customer connections, accounting, gift cards, POS solutions and standard operating procedures.

    Help keep us safe on the farm by having the technology with us in the fields in case of accidents so that emergency services can locate us easily using GPS tracking. Locating us while in the fields can be difficult because of their size, this can mean the difference between life and death for a farmer.

    Expand our customers access to fresh local foods by having a tablet or smart phone that can connect us to POS software at farmers markets and on the farm. Be able to accept EBT (Food Stamps) payments on the farm and at farmers markets where a system is not already in place to accept these.

    Engage our local community by expanding our online presence with social media sharing, electronic events planning, and emails from the farm with updates and surveys on how the farm can help grow our community.

    Create short videos on the fly as we work through the season to gain a closer connection to the consumers who trust us to grow their food, including how to, recipes, tips and tricks to share with eaters, farmers and gardeners.

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    Camp Curiosity, Curiosity Shoppe & Toddler Center

    Doylestown, PA

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    1. We would upgrade our computer systems to keep our facility running smoothly. Our current set up is about 5 yrs old and works hard to keep up with our web-based, server-based and online platforms.

    2. Since our farm is a large campus, we're having trouble getting technology to the buildings further away. Our Horseback Riding Area, Tennis Area, Football/Soccer Areas and Baseball Areas are all in the ""dark"". We would use the funds to expand our network in order better communicate and run our business. We would be able to send invoices, check balances and communicate from the locations we are providing the services within our network. This will also allow use of our printer/copier remotely from anywhere on campus, via smartphone or laptop.

    3. We would love to install outdoor webcams to add more security to our facility. We are unable to install our webcams without an internet infrastructure in place to reach the edges of the grounds.

    4. In our classrooms, we would love to expand our educational technology to our students and teachers by implementing the use of chromebooks, iPad and ""SMARTBOARDS*"" .
    Our version of ""*SMARTBOARD"" = We are currently using iPads and AppleTv's to combine to make wireless ""smartboards"" This assists with allowing the teachers to use the tablets as whiteboards, books or presentations to show anything from their iPad's to the class. The use of TVs and iPads allows for lower upgrade and repair costs. We also use these ""SMARTBOARDS*"" for instructing our 1st Aid, CPR & Lifeguarding Classes as well as Staff Trainings.

    5. We would love to have electronic doors and security passes or keypads to allow teachers and administrators to use access their rooms with out the need of manual key. This well help with security for our students and teachers.

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    Center for Cardiovascular Care

    San Jose, CA

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    We will invest on modern Electronic Health Record which will give below benefits:

    Engaging with the patients in ways that are meaningful to them is at the heart of enhanced revenue and better relationships.

    New EMR/EHR will takes telemedicine to a new level, with robust video chat capabilities that give patients the convenience and secure access they want e.g. they can do online appointment for follow ups etc. benefiting specifically to senior patients.

    Patients will have access to their Lab results, Doctor Notes etc. with new EMR/EHR

    Patient Data will be more secured

    Enable us to keep patient records electronically rather to have their charts which helps us to create a culture of environmental friendly

    Patient and their family can attend physician webinar without any cost

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    CID Bio-Science, Inc.

    Camas, WA

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    In 2008, when my wife and I bought CID Bio-Science—then just a tiny company of 9—I knew that there must be a better way to document and manage our manufacturing processes. Our products were complex electronic measurement tools, and as such they had many assembly, calibration, and testing steps. While these steps were documented when the products were first designed, engineers and assemblers were constantly innovating and adding notes. After several years of production, the original assembly instructions became a messy three ring binder that was difficult to navigate and was rarely used, the result of which was inconsistent product construction.

    Eventually, with the implementation of a strict “engineering change order process” (whereby every instrument, part, or procedure change is documented on paper), we began to address the consistency issues. Unfortunately this system also exacerbated the messy three ring binder problem.

    Since 2008 our company and our products have expanded, and we are ready for a new, improved communication system for our engineering and production teams. Our vision is a system of tablet computers with electronic assembly instructions for each product. Assemblers will follow a step-by-step process, paying as much attention to the displayed instructions as necessary, but always executing and recording on the tablet, the various partial production tests along the way. Any updates or changes made by the engineering department will be directly added to the production procedure, eliminating the paper mess, streamlining communication between departments, and providing an up-to-the-minute view of all work-in-process.

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    Cinesaurus

    Lynnwood, WA

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    Our business is a creative firm that specializes in video for the internet, which means we are constantly shooting, editing, uploading, downloading, and sharing terabytes of video files to complete our projects on fast deadlines. As a small team of five wrangling massive amounts of data, hiring an outside IT firm or renting out space in a data center isn't a realistic solution. In addition to being expensive or geared towards larger enterprises, data centers don't provide fast enough read speeds to play large 5k resolution video files in real time. Thankfully, with companies like Dell and Synology making strides in server solutions that don't require IT support, having a fast and reliable "mini" data center is now a reality. If we were given the opportunity to allow technology to take us to the next level, we'd invest in three RS2414+ Synology Rackstations to support the massive amounts of video files we create daily. With this boost in our technology arsenal, we'd be able to more rapidly share files across our office and jump into larger projects. For all the time we don't have to worry about having plenty of storage space and reliable backups, we can spend more time creating the content we love.

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    Code4Software LLC

    Hollywood, FL

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    We have the core software necessary to power a cloud based Software-as-a-Service signature capture and reporting platform for small and medium businesses. The technology is currently in version 2.0, and currently runs on Windows and Android devices. The software does not have a polished UI, but it is solid. We would use the money to polish the software, make an iOS version to complete all device support, and market the product directly to end-users on all app markets. We already have great success creating and managing mobile online products, and have several Top Apps for both Google Play and iTunes App Store under our belt, and have the available infrastructure to run a high volume Internet based service as we are suggesting. We also have a great name and domain secured: www.signaturecloud.com, and we also own signaturecloud.net . We plan on doing this product anyway, but winning your contest would let us start on it right away instead of having to wait until the end of 2015.

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    Communication Integrity Group, Inc.

    Olathe, KS

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    For the first time in along time, speed out does quantity, People pay for speed. so to keep on top of our industry you need fast internet, coupled with the best equipment and feature rich architecture that allow us to use speed and convergence of voice, data, and video, to provide our customers with the best options to do their jobs faster and easier. We have to ride that top wave like a surfer who is on top making it look easy. To do that we need to update our networks, to make CIG more secure and alow us to take advantage of KEY technical personnel not living in the Kansas City area, to better enhance the remote worker life. We also need to add mobility to our field staff who are in the customers office (not ours) and give them access to the tools and resources we have.

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    Fresh Co Home, Inc

    Bloomfield, MI

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    My clients always want to be kept up to date with the progress of their renovation progress. Some want every detail and others just want to know how it's going. I want to provide a user friendly app, for clients and employees, to track the progress of each project. Employees start their day by adding a 'to-do list' for the job which they are working on for the day on their app. As they finish their tasks they either upload a picture or write a summary of the progress and for smaller tasks just 'check' off that task. Our clients would have access to their project only, via a link and password that is accessible through the app and also a website. They would have the chance then to browse through pictures and summaries of the progress. They would be able to message the main crew manager and ask questions, provide insight or just to say a quick thank you.

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    GA Internal Medicine

    Duluth, GA

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    Now, imagine that you have all of your protected health information on a personal phone and/or tablet that has the proper HIPAA regulation security. You go to your appointment at the doctor's office and you scan your device onto an NFC or other communication device that is integrated to that office's electronic medical records. After inputting your PIN or some other security feature to ensure the safe passing of that information to the office, your check-in process is complete and automatically that office has all of your updated health information. You're then seen by the physician who updates all of your health records electronically including what was done for you that day. On your way out, your device is scanned once again to update all the information so that the next doctor appointment you go to, all you need to do is scan the device. There are no stacks of papers to fill out. No lost information. Also imagine if a patient appears to the ER unconscious or in a altered mental status. For the ER doctors to know that patient's current medical history, medications, allergies, and other vital health information, they are able to treat that patient with confidence knowing that they won't be mis-diagnosing and/or mistreating them. I would like to use technology to integrate this type of system not only in our business, but have this be the ubiquitous standard when it comes to patient check-in and check-out at any medical facility. Ten years ago, this probably was not possible, but now, with everyone having a smartphone (including many of our patients who are over the age of 80) and being proficient in using it, I think the time is right, and RIPE, for such a system. It's time that the healthcare sector catches up to other business sectors in technological advancements. After all, what' more important than your health?

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    Golden Goose Thrift Shop

    Tucson, AZ

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    There are three legs of our business that we must grow in unison. These are our donor base, our volunteer base and our customer base. We would like to streamline our information, processing, scheduling, management and communications networks so that we are able to run the business as efficiently as possible.

    Some of the thoughts we have had are as follows;

    1. Create a VPN for use by our researchers, pricers, department heads and management staff. Much of our work, accounting, research, truck scheduling, volunteer coordination, community outreach, marketing, etc., is done off-site. Creating such a network would allow us to work collectively both on and off-site. This action would save time, energy and money, decrease the possibility of errors and increase productivity.

    2. We would like to become efficient in and be able to employ smart phone technology to improve customer service and communications abilities. Mobile tools such as ""QR"" codes, barcode readers and enhanced access to social media venues are all things that could help us become more ""user friendly"" and propel our business in to the future.

    3. Invest in state of the art equipment to build this technology infrastructure and provide the appropriate training to those who will be operating it.

    We would welcome the expert guidance and direction that would be available to us if we were to win and we, the staff and volunteers of the Golden Goose Thrift Shop, look forward to the prospect of being able to improve our collective technology IQ!

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    Horizon RES NH LLC

    Concord, NH

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    Horizon seeks to pursue the following objectives through technological processes and technological means. We currently do not have the skills, resources and tools, equipment and personnel to steadily pursue these next level objectives.

    Develop technological processes and technological means to measure household energy use characteristics. Utilize automated data loggers to:

    • Measure attic temps in relation to household temps and exterior temps. To inventory and characterize heat loss / heat gain through various typical assemblies of residential buildings to reduce heat loss, heat gain, ice dams and icicles, and mold and mildewed surfaces.

    • Measure and reduce household domestic water consumption and the heat energy needed to heat that water.

    • Measure space heating / space cooling / hot water heating mechanical equipment to inventory, commission and improve the operating parameters of that equipment for efficiency and longevity.

    • Measure electric draw and duty schedule of electric equipment in homes that have a history of high electric use where no obvious reason is apparent.

    • Several other energy measurement opportunities.

    • The objectives above can be done w/ off the shelf data logging products that we'd like to train on, and purchase for investing in Horizon' service product goals.

    Develop technological and audio visual marketing skills:

    • To document and publish findings of the many homes we work with and attempt to fix. An online database summarizing documented solutions related to real world problems is likely.

    • To inform through video means the likely remedies Horizon will promote to fix the building deficiencies found at the home. The simple, in-house videos we make will help our clients understand the sometimes intrusive, sometimes dirty / dusty remedies needed to fix their house.

    • A database solution showing new home builders the various building assemblies that fellow builders are using in their locales. Promotes interest from building professionals in Horizon' daily inspections and observations of new construction.

    • A database solution showing NH utility personnel the inventory of ENERGY STAR housing starts that Horizon RES is serving. The NH utilities run a new construction ENERGY STAR certification program via Horizon RES. We would like to serve the utilities better w/ on-line, at a glance inventory of the homes in the ENERGY STAR pipeline. We would also like to serve NH builders w/ a similar database.

    • Horizon has a small database project initiated and would like to grow it to serve our clients and our industry. Facilitate, present and prove successful energy reduction measures, both to the specific client and future potential clients.

    • Take time to gather pre improvement and more importantly, post improvement energy consumption metrics. Data logging is an unbiased means to do this.

    Serve as a clearinghouse to the building industry for many residential energy consumption service products.

    • As mentioned above, we'd like to use a database / web site approach to help Horizon serve as a clearinghouse for information that explains Energy Efficient and Green mortgages, 3rd party modeling to view cost effectiveness of energy efficient proposals, carbon footprint reduction and several other service products.

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    Kemether & Associates, LLC

    Elkton, MD

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    We are totally immersed in the age of technology. It is almost rare to find a child, teenager, or parent, who is not engrossed in some type of electronic device during their ""spare"" time. Nothing seems to stimulate, or engage, human beings more than a dynamic screen with colorful graphics and mind numbing activities. Technology is so fascinating that has slowly replaced typical communication.

    Therapeutic outcomes are best when client engagement is high; what better way to tap into the family system than by using engaging materials, hands on devices, and the dynamic visual displays that technology has to offer? I strive to create a unique atmosphere that uses creative, outside the box, strategies that will provide an experience for my clients...not just another ""talk session."" I have found that offering therapy with ""props,"" so to speak, assists the client in recall of learned strategies to cope with life stressors, literally allows the person to see a visual representation of their experience, and assists in gaining therapeutic traction that ultimately results in better treatment results.

    Installing a smartboard in my office would provide a space for families to stand together, hands on, and work through problems. I imagine a stack of blocks on the screen & the family given the task of creating a house together within a set period of time...their execution of the task would demonstrate their ability to work as a team, problem solving capabilities, and shared responsibilities. I imagine kids throwing a soft ball at the interactive board...when it hits a specific target, an emotion is revealed & they have a chance to explain a time they felt that way...without the intimidation of an adult questioning them. I envision family meetings projected in a simple, easy to remember, productive format...where the kids are involved by using the smart board to help facilitate the meeting rather than sitting idly on the couch trying to be patient.

    I imagine iPads that assist with creating video social stories for children with anxiety or autism. I envision taking inventory's using iPads to track progress over time in a format where clients can actually see brilliant displays of their data and fluctuation as therapy progresses. I would use video programming to allow clients to act as news reporters to instruct the audience how to manage depressive symptoms as they learned how to manage their own...their ""news report"" becoming a documentary, of sorts, that would be shown to their family, like a movie, as their treatment is complete. The final product would be emailed to the teen as a reminder of strategies that are effective, and also as a memory of growth and progress.

    Cutting edge, cloud-based, software could be purchased so that clients can log in and continue focusing on goals, tracking events and emotions, and identifying barriers to progress outside of the therapy session. Therapeutic homework could be delivered via ""the cloud"" and results would be projected when they came into the office for review.

    Art, expression, and capability to explore and uncover positive attributes that lead to self-confidence and higher levels of self-esteem would be offered. Behavior modification systems could be created, implemented, and documented via cloud based software for quick interpretation of behavioral patterns that would streamline interventions to make the duration of treatment shorter.

    Fitbits could be used to track sleeping and exercise patterns that would later be correlated with mood.

    Professionals working with the family could interact via cloud based portal so that services are not fragmented, but built on the shared data and common goal.

    The possibilities are truly endless. Technology would take the clients I work with to the next level. Technology would engage all ages and leave a dynamic imprint in their minds that would support generalization of learned strategies outside of the office. Technology would streamline therapy, effectiveness, and outcomes, treating families quickly...making room for new families...so that more of our community receives help. Connecting professionals in unique ways to support youth and families would be amazing. Offering virtual counseling to clients who experience such intense anxiety, they cannot leave their homes...the list just goes on and on.

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    Reading & Dyslexia Tutors

    Latrobe, PA

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    The opportunities to enhance tutoring services to our clients by using technology are significant. One service which has been well-received by our families is 1 on 1 tutoring over the Internet with a live tutor. It is difficult for many families to find local tutors who are well trained in the specific Orton-Gillingham techniques that have been shown to be effective. This service enables us to provide quality instruction to anyone at any location. Local families often use the service as well during bad weather or mild illnesses.

    Another key technology we use for in-person tutoring are iPad and Android tablets equipped with a tiles app which has been developed to be used with our program. The tiles app allows us to cut the manipulative portion of the lesson time in half, and deliver more focused, efficient instruction. Tablets are also useful for Internet searches, vocabulary development and many other lesson enhancing activities.

    A third use for technology would be for us to acquire assistive technology for our computers and tablets, educational software, text to speech and speech to text software, audio books and other apps for our students and families to use on site, and to also try out, as our students often need technology to gain access to what is being taught, while we work on closing the gap in reading. We would also benefit on the administrative side of the business by improving our use of tutoring business software for scheduling, billing and database functions."

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    The Beer'd Brewing Co. LLC

    Stonington, CT

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    Brewing beer is an ancient act that long precedes many of the technological advancements of modern time. Certainly, someone with a clay pot and flame could create a rudimentary form of beer, but technology has crept into the practice as long as it has been around. Everything in the brewing world from yeast science to packaging has been influenced by new technology. The reason The Beer'd Brewing Company has such a small distribution footprint is the lack of access to packaging technology that would further allow it. For years there has been a common misconception that canned beer was inferior to bottled beer, however this has been proven the opposite in recent times. Companies like Cask and Wild Goose have, in recent years, provided canning technology that is far superior to existing bottle packaging. The ability to package beer in cans would be a complete game changer for The Beer'd Brewing Company. Canning line technology would allow The Beer'd Brewing Company to take its award winning product, package it in a way that is environmentally friendly, and shelf stable. This would broaden The Beer'd Brewing Company's distribution footprint not only to all of Connecticut, but also beyond the state's borders. Technology in brewing, not only increases the efficiency of our brewers, but also the quality of our liquids. The technology allowing us to can our beer would completely alter our current existence for the better, allowing us to put our beer out to the world as it's intended to taste.

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    Verbatim Reporting & Transcription LLC

    Nassau Bay, TX

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    We would use the technology to revamp our website, to continue to develop a real-time stream of our 4-channel digital audio, and create a better method of tracking incoming/outgoing audio, the assignment of that audio and production of transcription. The real-time stream would create efficiency of the court's docket and people's cases would be resolved faster. We would also like to create a remote portal for juvenile witnesses to testify from a secure location rather than having to face their abusers in court. We feel that these technological advancements would push us to the next level of growth and would push our industry forward.

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Startup Businesses

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    Aloncii, Inc.

    Nashville, TN

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    Technology is crucial for our business. We are working with 3D scanning and CNC technology in conjunction with more traditional shoemaking processes to create our product. If selected for I4E, we will use that investment to round out manufacturing capabilities for our official launch. Specifically, our needs include a large-format 3D printer for components like shoe heels, upgrades to our CAD software, and room in the budget for six months' run time after launch on hosted database services.

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    Big Minds

    Pinole, CA

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    I assign an iPad and laptop to every student and tech them how to use the incredible potential of the Internet, and adaptive technology, to support their growth and learning. Most schools use technology to do what are basically electronic worksheets and completely waste the potential of the technology at their fingertips. Our students utilize technology to research, create, program, engineer, analyze, and build their dreams. They need über high speed internet because these kids are power users!

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    Brew Cutlery

    Spokane Valley, WA

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    Thanks to the support received from the Kickstarter community, this last year has shown amazing growth for Brew Cutlery. Brew Cutlery has been transformed from a bootstrapped startup with an idea to an established name in Kitchenware.

    Although product design is our passion, technology is our day job and lies at the core of Brew Cutlery's distribution scalability and success.

    The Brew Cutlery team is small and agile, two founders and two contract workers. It is our aspirations to keep this way for as long as possible and utilize technology to scale our business without incurring additional overhead.

    If awarded this prize, we would use it to fund the next stages of our supply chain management and distribution technical infrastructure. Our current processes for receiving stock, packaging, and shipment works and is efficient, but is reliant on considerable amounts of man-hours from our small crew, and unfortunately not capable of scaling for growth.

    The award would be used to fund the software development needed to created a fluid system from receipt of stock, to delivery to the consumer and full circle back to any necessary returns.

    The technology that we would like to put in place would allow us to have a 3rd party distribution center manage our B2B shipments and inventory ie. Amazon (online retail) and the likes of William Sonoma (physical retail).

    The technology infrastructure would allow us to utilize Amazon's Affiliate Program (AFP), Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), Shipstation postage and tracking, and Quickbooks Pro to manage inventory accounts, accounting, and customer management.

    Utilizing a combination of a 3rd Party Distribution for B2B warehousing and fufilment, Amazons's affiliate sales, Amazon's Retail fulfillment, Shipstation's supply chain management, and Quickbooks Pro accounting would allow our small team to manage an incredibly complex process, while providing our end customers with the support they deserve on both retail and B2B.

    With these additional technical systems in place, Brew Cutlery would be able to scale sales and distribution organically and without limit.

    Thank you for reviewing our applications and feel free to reach out with any additional questions.

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    C.J.A Productions

    Anoka, MN

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    The mission of C.J.A. is inspired by today's technology in theater arts combined with reality TV. Reality competitions are popular, but so many people are rejected, which is why our goal is to provide artists opportunities in establishing their dreams through theater. Technology changes rapidly and we embrace that. The world revolves around technology, and technology empowers young people to become more intellectual. This makes our company a perfect fit for youth intervention. Many artist's careers are boosted by technology, and that's our special niche. The advancements of technology allow us to create special effects with media arts such as video mapping, graphic design, music engineering, etc. We provide jobs and careers through our company which creates employment opportunities for the community. Receiving financial support will help us advance into the future allowing us to establish and create new tends with the ability to continue with the advancements of technology.

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    Camp on Wheels

    Manchester, NH

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    Safety is the number one priority for Camp on Wheels. We pride ourselves on trips that are fun and safe for all. In order to provide these trips, I often travel between 20 and 60 miles a day. As a parent myself, I understand that parents worry about their children being so far away. With this in mind, the technology piece I would include in my business is a GPS tracker for parents to use to see where their child is during the course of the day. We understand that parents intrust us with the care of their children, and we take this very seriously. Camp on Wheels is a specialty summer camp that picks up and drops off campers. I supply parents with an estimated time of when their child will be dropped off at their house. So, parents worry that they will not get home in time before their child will return home. This tracker would connect to our camp vehicles to give parents peace of mind, allow them to adjust schedules and ensure that an adult will be home to greet them. Parents can use their phones, tablets or computers to track the camp vehicle wherever we are. After doing some research, there are many GPS tracking systems on the market. I want to include one that is right for my business, not just to have one. The focus is to provide a service to my parents that no other camp can provide, "peace of mind".

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    Descue Medical

    Salt Lake City, UT

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    While conventional diagnostics are typically expensive and trapped within hospitals, the iTest gives consumers a way to test themselves cheaply, at home. The testing device is a jacket which fits around an iPhone and will interface with disposable tests for Strep, Flu, Rhinovirus, Dengue Fever, and Malaria. Users simply swab their cheek, and an application on the phone checks for a panel of viral proteins, cholesterol, and much more.

    There are many situations where parents have no idea what kind of illness their children have. Think of testing your child with a device as simple as a temperature reader and knowing within 15 minutes whether you need to take them to a doctor. That's the kind of convenience iTest will deliver," said Christopher Pagels, co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Descue Medical.

    Once we have the device in production, the applications are nearly limitless. For example, taking iTest to resource-poor countries will bring diagnostic accessibility to previously very remote, underserved areas," said Jonathan Bruns, Chief Engineer of Descue Medical.

    iTest delivers a result within just a few minutes by interfacing an advanced onboard electronics with a test-specific consumable. These small carefully designed consumables contain a biosensor that reads the biological sample using a sophisticated bioassay. iTest takes a sample, and quickly detects important medical information, giving you information you could usually only get from a hospital, all from an easy-to-use device that requires no training.

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    Hippocampus Analytics

    Jessup, MD

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    I will use a Comcast I4E award to fund the migration of demonstrations to the web. I am in the primary market research stage, developing a range of products including an online community forum for special interest groups. There, researchers will be able to share data, host data driven discussions, develop analyses, visualizations and models. The demonstration product, however, resides locally on the demonstration computer: This limits the complexity, speed and size of analyses and visualizations. Since the data are local, I have also been limited to giving presentations in person or via desktop sharing applications. Despite these limitations, I have held discussions with several potential customers and received positive feedback and interest in almost all cases. The primary research stage for phase I solutions is nearing completion. I am now preparing to start fund-raising to develop and deploy our solutions.

    Moving the demonstrations to the web would allow potential investors and an expanded customer base to explore the range of offerings at their leisure and in an environment more closely resembling the final solution. Web based demonstrations would also accommodate more complexity. I would be able to deliver my pitch from any platform and hold impromptu discussions with potential investors and customers. Pictures illustrating parts of the demonstration can be found on my website.

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    IDAT Solutions

    Salem, OR

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    We would work to create more of our own streamlined systems and independent mobile applications for iOS and Android. We also would work to expand by offering solutions for other various industries than need intuitive dispatching tools that you just can't find in the current marketplace. One of the areas includes emergency services (ie Police/Fire). We always hear from those in these professions that existing systems aren't always designed with the user interaction in mind and that can be a major problem for those who are trying to focus on protecting the public as well as themselves.

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    iiCON Construction Group, LLC

    Colorado Springs, CO

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    Since we are a new company with limited resources, we would focus our technology efforts to find a better solution to communicate with our clients on the status of their project. We believe in the use of key performance indicators (KPIs) on our projects as a communication tool and would like to be able to show this graphically to the entire project team.

    Additionally, we want to create an application to be used in the field that is specific to our company for time entry and productivity tracking that will allow our field supervisors to see on a daily basis if we are on budget. This app would also tie into daily reporting for progress, quality and safety. Our goal is that our field employees are empowered to lead having the most accurate information at their fingertips.

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    Lawrence Hunt

    Royal Oak, MI

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    To properly scale and provide innovative products to people across the globe, we need to use technology in two ways as the driving factor: 1) to support and grow our distribution strategy, and 2) to support and grow our product range. To properly reach the millions of people across the globe that could benefit from our product, we need to implement a proper e-commerce platform. This means investing in technology that promotes a smooth customer experience on our website. For example, one challenge of selling dress shirts online is ensure the size/fit is correct. We would like to implement an application that provides our consumers with a size assessment so they feel comfortable knowing that they are purchasing the correct size and fit. Second, using on-demand delivery options that are now available in many markets through various technology applications, we want to implement a process whereby our customers can touch and feel our product during the purchasing process. We believe we can bring the brick and mortar store experience to the consumer. Finally, we need technology to continue to support the growth of our product line. Our products use advancements in fabric technology to help control sweat and odor. Without the continued research and development of new fabrics, we will not be able to properly grow our brand.

     

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    Medicaid Assistants Inc.

    Naples, FL

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    Over six million senior citizens depend on Medicaid for their room, board and health care expenses. Like any government bureaucracy, Medicaid is an entanglement of rules, regulations and laws, both federal and state. There is no national processor of Medicaid claims, only a fragmented market of individuals and attorneys. MEDICAID ASSISTANTS will fill in this void by building a national brand for Medicaid application processing. Technology is what differentiates our business model and makes it scalable. Preparing an application entails gathering dozens of documents, analyzing reams of financial statements, filling out multiple application forms and following through until approval. We have taken a labor intensive, paper-driven process and streamlined it with proprietary software. We need to take our process to the next level by automating document tracking and communications with clients and healthcare partners using Business Process Management software. Technology will enable us to reduce the manual review of paperwork by 85%, speed up the application process by 50% and reduce the manual labor by 65%. Reducing the time it takes to get clients approved not only means satisfied customers, but our referral partners (e.g. nursing homes) will be compensated faster by Medicaid. Happy customers and referral partners would generate even further referrals. We would use the $30,000 to hire technology consultants to build out the system and for our web developer to upgrade our website.

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    National Computer Consultants

    Humble, TX

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    I would use technology to expand my business footprint by offering Remote Technical Support, High Performance Computing by offering plans for remote applications, VPN services for customers that travel often,and a Public Wi-Fi Network at my future store front backed by Comcast Business. I would like to also provide Residential Exchange E-Mail services, and possibly expand into offering website design and other IT related services at a future date.

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    Noggin Builders

    Northbrook, IL

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    At Noggin Builders, we believe in exploring with children rather than giving them answers. By problem solving and collaborating in our classes and camps, they discover answers in a meaningful way. To ensure that children are building the skills they need to become future leaders, we want to provide the opportunity to engage with current and future technologies.

    Our goals in adding technology to our business are to expand the types of technology we use in our classes and camps, ensure our teachers are trained in incorporating technology into their explorations, and develop a curriculum database to create the best class and camp experience for our customers.

    Some of the technologies we would love to add to our business are:

    Science Experiment Technology: photogate sensors for measuring motion, digital timers and meters, circuits and robotics materials, pneumatic and rocketry equipment

    Communication Technology: projectors and streaming devices so our children can research online, communicate around the world, and present findings with others

    Computer / Tablet Technology: applications in programming, CAD, and science

    Camera Technology: still, video and specialty cameras so the children can gather slow motion data, record experiments, and share their work with others

    Future Technology: we plan to stay focused on changing technologies and introduce them to our children, so they are prepared for new technologies as our world grows and advances

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    Reality Crowd TV Media Corporation

    New Britian, CT

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    With the $30,000 dollars, we would be able to take our business to the next level as follows:

    1. Purchase a subscription to HubSpot CRM so that we can capitalize on the growing traffic, connections, and relationships we have built over the last 5 years: http://www.hubspot.com/products

    2. Implement a whole bunch of new and exciting features for our Virtual Incubator & Crowdfunding Network by purchasing Plugins, Upgrades, and Chat Features to further provide collaboration and mentor tools to our growing community of 350+ virtual incubator mentees. The plugins would be purchased from our network provider for Social Engine: https://www.socialengine.com/customize/se4

    3. Hire marketing employees on a part time basis to help us develop strategic partnerships with speakers, sponsors, and media partners for our virtual crowdfunding summit, a 3 week event of 150 virtual panels with the potential to have 600 speakers that will be held 100% virtually through the same mechanism as our web-series, Reality Crowd TV

    We have been 100% self funded to date and I have personally invested nearly $60,000, along with my Co-Founder Jessica Sun who has invested $25,000, to bring our much needed crowdfunding information and education services to the main street American public who needs it most. This award would allow us to continue all the good work we do and we would be eternally grateful to Comcast for this amazing gesture and generosity should we be selected for the award.

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    The Training Room Physical Therapy

    Garnet Valley, PA

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    Adding technologic resources to my business can take our rehab protocols to the next level by collecting data that few physical therapy clinics and sports performance gyms are collecting. This will improve our outcomes and allow us to offer an even higher standard of care. The Omegawave system uses ECG sensors to measure central nervous system (CNS) readiness to train and perform a rehab program. This is an often forget about component of rehab programs and knowing how the CNS is responding to care can help my company craft improved programs for everyone ranging from chronic pain patients and Olympic level athletes. Knowing how receptive to exercise these patients nervous systems are can help us to know if they will respond to the program plan for the day and we can change it accordingly. Currently we can only use anecdotal and subjective measures that are not very reliable.

    Adding SIMI Motion Capture Systems and AMTI Force Plates to our programs can help us to further objectify movement abnormalities and compensations that have contributed to injury and predispose our patients to re-injury. It can also allow us to further research ACL injury return to play protocols to continue to craft our rehab programs to best prepare our clients for return to their previous level of function. When dealing with patients of any level we should prepare them to optimize their function. Adding CNS readiness measurements, movement analysis software and force plates can help us do this.

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    WindPax LLC

    Glen Dale, WV

    Tell us how you would use $30,000 to invest in technology to take your business to the next level:

    WindPax has introduced a line of patent pending wind turbine technologies that are lightweight, portable, collapsing wind turbines providing rugged, power generating/storage devices that can be easily carried within backpacks, ruck sacks or by hand.

    Windpax intends to use portable wind turbines to provide power in remote areas around the world. This power will be used to support the effort to connect these remote areas and power electronic devices such as cell phones and laptop computers. Not only will this help connect them with the rest of the world but more importantly, it will provide education and tools for public health ultimately improving the quality of life for the people in those areas.

    It is our belief that we have a tremendous opportunity to use the technology we are developing to make a global impact. By providing cost effective, safe and renewable power generating devices for remote areas we can take a simple technology and alleviate energy poverty around the globe.

    With the $30,000 prize we would like to implement a global distribution network to efficiently provide wind turbines to areas in need. This would allow better communication with people in these remote areas a more streamline process of distributing wind turbines. Lastly, we would like to connect with Comcast and other outreach organizations interested in supporting our goals and maximizing our efforts to give everyone the ability to power and connect with the world.

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